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Republican Failure – The Ukiah Daily Journal

The Republican Party is selecting increasingly radical candidates, each vying to be more extreme. From a party with true values, how did we get there? The following assessment is taken from Thom Hartmann, Daily Kos 26May22.

“The seeds of today’s crisis began with a plan for the wealthy and morbid big business to take over the weakened remnants of Nixon’s Republican Party. Implemented with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, we have now had 42 years of the so-called Reagan Revolution. It did not work.

“Republicans said if we cut the top tax rate on the morbidly rich from 74% to 27%, it would trickle down to everyone else. Instead, we ended up with the greatest inequality of wealth and income in the world, with more than $50 trillion shifting from the bottom 90% to the top 1%.

“Republicans said if we deregulated guns, it would solve our crime problem. ‘An armed society is a polite society’ was the bumper sticker of the Reagan era. Instead, we ended up with school shootings and a daily rate of gun carnage unmatched anywhere in the world.”

“Republicans said if we ended sex education in our schools and banned abortion, we would go back to the ‘good old days’ when every child was wanted and every marriage was happy. Instead, we have been left with epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and now a return to deadly backstage abortions.

“The Republicans said that if we cut civics and history classes in our schools, we would ‘free’ our young people to focus on science and math instead. Instead, we’ve raised two generations of Americans who can’t even name the three branches of government, and who still lag behind in science and math.

“Republicans have said that if we cut state and federal aid for college students, they’ll have ‘skin in the game,’ taking their education more seriously. Instead, our country is groaning under a $2 trillion student debt burden, preventing young people from buying homes, starting businesses or starting families. While bankers who donate to Republican politicians make billions.

“Republicans said if we stopped enforcing anti-monopoly and anti-trust laws, there would be an explosion of innovation and opportunity. Instead, every industry in America consolidated, the competition is dead, price gouging and profit reign, and it is now impossible to start or find small family businesses.

“Republicans said if we changed the laws to allow companies to pay their top executives with stock, they would be ‘more invested’ in the company. Instead, corporate stock buyback programs put billions of dollars in the pockets of major shareholders and executives, while workers and society bear the loss.

“Republicans said if we let a handful of individual companies and billionaires buy most of our media, we’d have the most diverse media landscape in the world. Today, a small group owns our major media/internet companies, radio and television stations, and local newspapers across the country. »

“Republicans have said we should hand over our health care decisions to bureaucratic insurance industry intermediaries to ‘cut costs and increase choice.’ Instead, all of the medical bankruptcies of the planet are American.

“Republicans said if we got rid of our unions, corporations would give us better wages, more benefits, and real job security. They lied.”

“The Republicans said if we went with NAFTA, the GHW Bush trade deal, then the WTO, we would see a job explosion. Instead, 60,000 American factories were demolished and their products moved overseas, along with 10 million well-paying jobs.

“Republicans continue to say global warming is a hoax, a lie that the fossil fuel industry has spent hundreds of millions to pull off, delaying action for at least three decades while producing trillions in profits. The climate crisis is killing millions of people and threatening all life on Earth.

“And then, of course, there’s the GOP’s biggest lie: ‘Money is the same as free speech.’ Five Republicans on the Supreme Court have thrown out 1,000 anti-corruption laws and anti-bribery so politicians can take billions without accountability.American political discourse has not been so filled with strife and violence since the Civil War; the influence of black money .

“The bottom line is that the nation has now had the full Republican experience. We know what it is. We are not listening anymore. A new America is rising from the ashes of the Reagan Revolution and you will no longer be able to stop it longer.

Crispin B. Hollinshead lives in Ukiah. This article and previous articles can be found at cbhollinshead.blogspot.com.